Kings High School is located within a deeply conservative part of Ohio. However, students at the school expressed their progressivism by voting a lesbian couple prom king and queen. The girlfriends, Annie Wise and Riley Loudermilk, both 18, were selected as prom royalty despite defying gender norms for the roles. However, parents from the local community lashed out at the school for allowing two women to be selected as prom king and queen.
Prom Queen was Annie Wise, while her girlfriend Riley Loudermilk was selected as Prom King. Students from King High School in Kings Mills, an extremely conservative part of Ohio, defied their parents’ political beliefs to vote the lesbian couple into the winning spot. Parents lashed out at the school for allowing the incident to happen and wrote hateful and angry comments on the school’s Facebook page.
During a school meeting after the prom, some parents continued to share their complaints that their students’ school selected a lesbian couple as prom king and queen.
Kings Mills is located north of Cincinnati, Ohio. The prom was held a week before parents gathered at the school district meeting. Parents were very vocal about their distaste for the progressive prom royalty.
“Sorry but, I believe that there are still two genders, a male and a female,” one parent said at the tension-filled meeting, WLWT reported. “I think tradition stands for a queen that has a vagina, a king that has a penis and testicles. Period. That’s the way it should stand. that is the way God has intended it to be.”
Although many parents from the conservative community were outraged beyond respite, some parents were supportive of the students’ decision. These parents broke from the norm in their community to congratulate the young people in their town for their inclusive approach. One parent said that they’re proud of the King High School students “for their thirst of knowledge and understanding, their strength to stand up for what they believe in.”
Because students selected the lesbian couple as their prom royalty, the school district posted the win to Facebook, writing: “Congratulations to Kings High School 2021 Prom King and Queen.” The district shared the announcement along with a photo of the lesbian couple wearing their prom crowns and sashes.
But the image was soon inundated with negative comments from conservatives in the area, including one from a commenter who said the girls need “Jesus” in their lives because they’re part of the LGBTQ community.
One parent complained about the school in general, saying: “It’s been brought to my attention that at least one teacher who flies not only the BLM flag but also a gay pride flag refuses to fly the American flag.”
However, thousands of people expressed their support for the couple’s victory. Dawn Goulding, a community relations coordinator for the school district, confirmed that the school stands with the prom king and queen.
“This is solely a Kings High School senior class nominated and voted-on initiative,” Goulding told local affiliate WLWT.
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